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Vengeful gunmen kill 34 in Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria - Robbers angered by a crowd burning one of their colleagues alive attacked a cattle market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 34 people in the latest violence fanning across the region, witnesses and an official said Thursday.

The violence began Wednesday, as gunmen started shooting at the market in Potiskum. Three people were killed in the gunfire, which ended when the attackers ran out of ammunition, witnesses said.

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All but one of the gunmen escaped. Those gathered in the market beat the remaining gunman before dousing him in gasoline and lighting him afire, a punishment still meted out by mobs in a nation where few trust the federal police force.

The gunmen returned, setting fire to cattle holding pens and cars. Potiskum General Hospital took in 34 bodies, an official there said.

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